As I previously mentioned, I am a huge nerd. My nerdiness most often exhibits itself in my love of books. Checking out books at the library makes me so happy. Checking the mail and seeing a box from Amazon, even better! Since I do read so much, from time to time, I will share books that inspire me in some way.
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink is one of my favorite nonfiction books. While I often read my favorite fiction books (i.e. Harry Potter) over and over again, I rarely open a nonfiction book twice (this is coming from a history teacher). So it is saying something that I have read this book cover to cover three times and reread individual chapters at other times.
This book was published almost ten years ago, and in it Pink states that the future belongs to creatives while the past few decades have belonged to lawyers, accountants, etc. It seems as though he was on to something.
I believe I first read this book in 2007 and it was really what kick started my interest in creativity. Daniel Pink discusses how the future belongs to right-brain careers, and as a middle school history teacher, I do not feel I traditionally fit into that group. Even though I am extremely happy in my chosen profession, this book made me wish I had taken advantage of creative opportunities when I had the chance in college. But, like many people, I did not. This book is the perfect solution! This is not to say that you need to quit your job and become an artist, but you can jump start your creative life, your creative journey. This book can be the kick in the butt you need to get going.
Pink uses a majority of the book to explain that there are 6 aptitudes that are essential to being successful today. He describes each of these aptitudes in individual chapters, and at the end of each one, Pink includes a Portfolio section where he presents a number of activities or challenges for the reader so that he or she can practice the aptitude. The Portfolio section is fantastic. If you were ever feeling creatively stuck or in need of inspiration, this is an excellent place to start.
One of the activities in the Portfolio section is learning to draw. This both excites and terrifies me. I am one of the many people who realized at a young age that I was not naturally gifted in the arts, therefore I stopped trying, practicing, whatever you want to call it. In my late twenties into my now thirties, I have been working to regain that creativity and teach myself that with practice and hard work, I can be good at drawing, singing, etc. Drawing is something that I want to be good at, or at the very least, not be horrible. So I was excited when in chapter 6, Pink addresses this very idea. Since reading this book eight years ago, I have become better at drawing (using some of the resources Pink suggests), but truthfully I need to practice a lot more.
So in case it has not been made clear, I highly recommend A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. Read it and let me know what you think. Or, if you already have, please leave a comment below.